KENNEBUNK, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush's 38-foot boat, Fidelity IV, ran aground on the middle of a popular public beach on Monday evening, after the vessel was thrown off course by a series of swells, according to Jim Appleby, the former president's personal aide.
Bush and family members were aboard, but no injuries were reported.
Appleby said the boat was having trouble steering through heavy fog before the incident occurred.
“You couldn't see two feet in front of your face,” Appleby said of the fog that Bush's boat failed to navigate.
Bush's staff worked with the U.S. Secret Service until 8:30 p.m. to remove the boat from the middle of the beach.
Kennebunk police were called for assistance when approximately 500 people showed up at Gooch’s Beach to witness the event, according to police, who kept onlookers a safe distance from the boat.
Fidelity IV, according to Appleby, is still in running condition, although it did sustain minor damage.
“I wouldn't say it's good as new,” he concluded.